If I wanted to become
a tramp, I would seek information and advice from
the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted
to become a failure, I would seek advice from men
who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in
all things, I would look around me for those who
are succeeding, and do as they have done.
- Joseph Marshall Wade
Clearly the most unfortunate people are those who
must do the same thing over and over again, every
minute, or perhaps twenty to the minute. They
deserve the shortest hours and the highest pay.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
A tremendous number of people in America work very
hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man
thinks he has to go down to the office everyday.
Not because he likes it but because he can't think
of anything else to do.
- W. H. Auden
What work I have done
I have done because it has been play. If it had
been work I shouldn't have done it. Who was it who
said, "Blessed is the man who has found his work"?
Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind.
Mark you, he says his work - not somebody else's
work. The work that is really a man's own work is
play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has
found some other man's work and cannot lose it.
When we talk about the great workers of the world
we really mean the great players of the world. The
fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of
toil that they bear never can hope to do anything
great. How can they when their souls are in a
ferment of revolt against the employment of their
hands and brains? The product of slavery,
intellectual or physical, can never be great.
- Mark Twain
Work is not a curse, but drudgery is.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not
think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
- Marcus Aureliu
I’m a copywriter for
an ad agency. It involves being a total asshole. I
do it for the money, it’s easy and horrible. I do
nothing good for society.
- American worker Isabelle Kuprin talking about her
in a book The Great Divide by the
legendary Studs Terkel
If you believe it can't be done, at least don't get
in the way of the person who is doing it.
- Unknown wise person
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't
- Richard Bach
You are what you do.
If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances
are you'll end up boring, stupid, and
- Bob Black
If your daily life seems poor,
do not blame it; blame yourself, tell
yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth
- Rainer Maria Rilke
I had a boring office job. I cleaned the windows in
- Rita Rudner
The less of routine, the more of life.
- A. B. Alcott
Seek above all for a game worth playing. Such is
the oracle to modern man. Having found the game,
play it with intensity; play as if your life and
sanity depend on it. (They do depend on it).
- D. S. Ropp
To know and not to do is not yet to know.
- Buddhist saying
When a true genius appears in the world, you will
know him by this sign, that all the dunces are in
confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift
It takes a strong fish to swim against the current.
Even a dead one can float with it.
- John Crow
Being a well-dressed man is a career, and he who
goes in for it has no time for anything else.
- Heywood Broun
The word career is a divisive word. It's a word
that divides the normal life from business or
- Grace Paley
Most saints live to regret their career choice.
- Bob Stokes
Find a calling you
love and you will never work a day in your
The world is divided into people who do things and
people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to
belong to the first class. There's far less
- Dwight Morrow (advice in a letter to his son)
Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard
this advice, you'll
be halfway there.
- David Zucker
The best careers advice to give to the young is
"Find out what you like doing best and get someone
to pay you for doing it."
- Katherine Whitehorn
In politics stupidity is not a hardship.